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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Warren on Kavanaugh Confirmation  CSPAN  October 4, 2018 10:59pm-11:17pm EDT

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this is not right. none of this is right. and the elevation of brett kavanaugh to the supreme court filled with hatred toward democrats and our allies, surrounded by legitimate questions about his fitness for office is totally unenters. even to try to accomplish the political aims of my republican friends in the majority. and in the end most importantly the way in which this has been done is deeply, deeply hurtful to the unity of our great nation. thank you y mr. president and i yield. . . >> mr. president last week millions of people were glued to their screens as dr. christine blasey ford testified for the senate judiciary committee. .
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no personal gain whatsoever. in fact, her life has been turned upside down as a result of the decision to come forward. the courage she showed was remarkable. her testimony was credible and compelling. i believed dr. ford. judge kavanaugh's testimony very different. he spent more than 40 minutes testimony was very different. he spent more than 40 minutes ranting, raving and giving conspiracy theories and then he proceeded to insult senators to scream at people that had the nerve to question him. he evaded some questions and gave false answers to others. it was a performance that could have been at home in a republican primary campaign or donald trump rally but it was
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delivered by a judge asking the united states senate to confirm him to a lifetime appointment to a completely nonpolitical position as the swing vote on the united states supreme court. it is the job of the senate to decide whether or not to confirm judge kavanaugh. senators must vote yes or no elevating him to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench. it is not a criminal trial. nobody entitled to an appointment on the supreme court. if he is not confirmed kavanaugh would be serving as a federal judge on the second highest court in the united states. for these reasons i believe doctor ford credible allegations into judge kavanaugh partisan venomous rants are reasons to both know on hisn nomination.
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they heard her when she clearly and unequivocally said it is 100% sure that kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. and we watched him demonstrate to the world the temperament and the truthfulness to sit on the nation's highest court. those senators who don't care that judge kavanaugh thinks that the allegations he faces must be on revenge on behalf of the clintons and isn't sure if they are a sufficient reason and would like to see more evidence, the sensible course of action has always been obvious. a seriousov nonpartisan fbi investigation to uncover the truth as bestsu we can to make sure we are as informed as we can be to vote but that is not
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what has to happen. first instead of taking doctor ford seriously, ms. mcconnell scheduled a vote on the nomination the next day. he suspended the boat when it became clear that they wouldn't have to if they needed if they tried to ram the nomination through the senate right at that moment. then the president offered the smallest fbi investigation. i've just re come from a room where the summary of fbi interviews and other fbi generated documents were made available. senators have been been muffled so i will now say three things the committee staff has explained permissible to save without violating the committee rules. statesmen stifle some independently verified as accurate. one, this wasn't a full and fair investigation. it was limited in scope and
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explore the relevant facts. number two the available documents do not exonerate mr. kavanaugh. number three the available documents contradict statements mr. kavanaugh made under oath. i would like to back up these three points with statements made by the fbi document, explicit statements that should be available for the american people to see that the republicans have blocked the documents behind closed doors with no plans to reform the american public of any new information about the kavanaugh nomination. the kavanaugh nomination was a sham and that is the president's faultpresidentsfault because the president is the one who limited the scope of the investigation and refused to allow me to continue more than a few days and refused to ensure the fbi completed a thorough
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investigation including interviews with all relevant witnesses. the statements the president made about the scope of the investigation were false. and if that were not bad enough, the president viciously attacked doctor ford for coming forward briefly to tell her story. how could any senator accept this sham? republicans want to confirm judge kavanaugh to the supreme court coming and, and they will ignore, suppress or shout down any inconvenient facts that might give the american people pause about this nomination. republicans are playing politics with the supreme court and they are willing to step on anyone including the victim of a, vicious sexual assault in order to advance their agenda. judge kavanaugh's's nomination to the court court as the result of a decade-long assault on the
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judiciary launched by billionaires and giant corporations who want to control every branch of government. for years those wealthy people have invested massive sums of money into shaping the ports to fit their likings. working in partnership with the republican buddies in congress they executed a two-part campaign to capture the court. part number one stop the fair-mindedn mainstream judges from getting confirmed to serve the federal court and part number two flood the federal court with narrowminded corporate individuals who will vote the court in favor of the rich and powerful and against women, workers and the people of, people of color, low-income americans lgbtq native american students and anyone who doesn't have money or power right here in washington.
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with trump in the white house and congress controlled by republicans, the wealthy and well-connected have a once in a lifetime opportunity to control the court for the next generation. during his presidential campaign president trump made clear that the corporate groups would not only have a voice in selecting the supreme court justices, they t would get to hand pick their favorites. so those that handed him a list of their top pick for the supreme court and president trump picked judges from that list the most recent selection judge brett kavanaugh. there's a lot of reasons to oppose judge kavanaugh's nomination. the record record with a broken and the broken and biased confirmation process in allegations of sexual assault. let's start with judge kavanaugh's d record. judge kavanaugh spent 12 years on the dc circuit court.
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his rulings demonstrate while the radical groups in france in the senate are so eager to give him a seat on the supreme court. any issue and therere is ample reason to be alarmed. a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. when the trump administration fought to flock and immigrant woman's right to access abortion care, judge kavanaugh sided withnt government claiming allowing the woman who'd done everything necessary to obtain access to an abortion should be further delayed in obtaining that care and a delay that would likely have prevented her from obtaining an abortion. every religious organization challenges the requirement of the affordable care act. judge kavanaugh again opposed reproductive care. ultimately the religious nonprofits to submit a simple form allowing them to opt out of
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providing comprehensive contraceptive coverage but ensuring that the employees have access to that care was unconstitutional. a consumer protection, judge kavanaugh will of the consumer financial protection bureau, the agency that stands up for americans cheated by corporate criminals is unconstitutional. on environmental safety, he will do to overturn the rules that help keep dangerous toxins out of the air we breathe and the water we drink. on voting rights, he upheld south carolina's discriminatory voter id laws. on gun safety, he dissented from an opinion upholding an assault weapons ban and a gun registration requirements. and on gun safety, he admitted that most lower court judges disagree with his extreme position on the second amendment. on money and politics, he wrote an opinion that would permit the individuals to spend unlimited
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sums of money on issue ads in the united states election. and when it comes to presidential power into the and the rule of law judge kavanaugh believes sitting presidents shouldn't be subjected. to personal, civil or criminal investigations while in office. that is convenient for the current occupant of the t oval office. and that is just a part of judge kavanaugh's record that he know about and that raises the second reason judge kavanaugh shouldn't be confirmed to the supreme court. the process that republicans have used to advance his nomination. from the moment president trump announced judge kavanaugh'sud nomination republicans have worked overtime to get him on the supreme court without getting senators were the american people a meaningful opportunity to examine his full record. senate republicans have played an elaborate game at every step
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in the process. judge kavanaugh spent many years in government at the republicans have refused even to request hundreds of thousands of documents from his timerv in service. they've designated other documents as, quote committee confidential to hide them from the public and to top it off justbe days before judge kavanaugh was scheduled to come before the senate judiciary committee the bush white house attorney announced that over 100,000 documents from judge kavanaugh's time in the white house counsel office would be withheld on the basis of constitutional privilege. a few years ago,ma president obama nominated elena kagan and like judge kavanaugh she participated in public office but unlike the kavanaugh confirmation process the elena kagan process included
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the release of nearly every document related to her payment service. in fact no one got an example of so much of a nominee's record in government being hidden from the senate and hidden from the public as he judge kavanaugh's case. though rushdie and secretive process that characterized judge kavanaugh's nomination raises this question, what is he hiding? why doesn't he insists his record be made public and why doesn't he want people investigation of the sexual assault claims made against him and why won't republicans insist on transparency and a meaningful investigation. nor would the senate republicans care about thect fact. judge kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. doctor ford.
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they make judgments based on fact. they need to discredit these courageous women. donald trump openly mocked doctor ford at a political rally and republicans made clear this is the one and only goal to get judge kavanaugh on the supreme court. don't get rattled by all of this. we are going to plow right through it.
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there was a reason that they would come out in droves to support doctor ford and ms. ramirez. it's because people are tired of being ignored and silenced. judge kavanaugh and his republican sponsors don't want to talk about the facts in this case so let's talk about a few other facts. over 80% ofnd women and 40% have been experienced sexual harassment or assault. seven out of ten sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. the vast majority, of two out of three, are never reported to the police. and why? survivors fear retaliation and believe that the police won't or can'tt' do anything to help or they think that it's a personal matter where they can't fight in someone or believe that it's not serious enough to report or they don't want to get the
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perpetrator in trouble. last week, as doctor ford testified before congress, the national sexual assault hotline saw a 147% increase in calls from people seeking help. we have a problem of sexual-harassment and sexual violence in america. the problem is that too many victims are coming forward with fabricated stories to destroy someone's life. it's that too many survivors are afraid to come forward at all. they believe they won't be heard were taken seriously to think more about the impact of the perpetrator than their own safety and well-being. were they think that people with power, the ones who can actually do something well instead plow rightev through them. we never hear stories of the millions of sexual assault survivors. but some make very difficult and necessary decisions to come forward and tell their stories.
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they michael survivors are courageous and they deserve to be heard and treated with respect, not dismiss or attack or threaten. the record, the processof the process, the allegations. whichever way you slice itd it should lead to only one result. members of the chamber should both know on judge kavanaugh. our country deserves better. >> thank you, mr. president and i will yield the floor. >> mr. president, thank you for the recognition. first, let me begin by saying this, i believe doctor ford, her courage coming forward will change the national culture in


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